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  Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, August 27, 1987

OBITUARY ~ RALPH FRANKLIN SCHUSTER

Ralph Franklin SCHUSTER was born December 3, 1903 in Lyon County, Kansas to Mary Ellen THOMPSON SCHUSTER and Fred SCHUSTER, and departed this life on August 12, 1987 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa, at the age of 83 years, eight months and nine days.

Ralph was born in Lyon County, Kansas, and later in his boyhood years moved to Wateron, Missouri. He attended country school in Waterton. Ralph moved to Blockton in his teen years.

On November 4, 1925 he was united in marriage to Granwilda Babe (Honey) RUSCO at Bedford, Iowa. Ralph and Honey lived most of their 61 years of marriage in the Maloy, Clearfield and Blockton communities. To this union was born one daughter, Jodene SCHUSTER BROWN.

Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Honey, on February 28, 1987; his parents, May and Fred; and eight brothers, Lee, Clarence, Cecil, Clyde, Forrest, Fred, Paul, and one brother who died in infancy.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Jodene, and husband Elton of Clearfield; and his three grandchildren and their families - Marily, Steve and Traci MALATZHAN of Creston; Carolyn, Jim, Dana and Danny NELSON of Clearfield; and Jerry, Sheila, Brooks and Amber BROWN of Clearfield. Ralph also leaves to mourn his passing, two brothers, Homer and wife Lois of Stockton, California, and Aurth of FOntana, California, and a host of nieces, nephews, and many, many friends.

Ralph was a resident of the Clearfield Clearview Nursing Home for the apst eight months. Prior to this, Ralph and Honey spent the past 26 years in Blockton.

Everyone who knew Ralph could appreciated all the long hours he spent with his gardening. He enjoyed raising fruits and vegetables and giving them away to his many friends. Even after retiring from farming, Ralph kept very busy with his many hobbies of hunting, fishing, trapping, bird watching, gfardening and building wooden crafts.

Number one in Ralph's mind was his family. He enjoyed the many hours he spent with this wife, his daughter and son-in-law, and his three grandchildren and their families. In later years, he spent a lot of time watching, playing with, and making things for his five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Blockton Christian Church at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 15. Mrs. Earl GAULE played the piano while Mrs. Richard SPURRIER and Mrs. Harold NELSON sang "Precious Memories" and "Beyond the Sunset." Dana NELSON, Ralph's great-granddaughter, also played special songs on both the piano and the organ.

Casketbearers were Jerry BROWN, Jim NELSON, Steve MALTZAHN, Laverne BROWN, Wade ROOD and Henry YOUNG.

The Rev. Scott MARCUM oficiated and burial was in the Athelstan Cemetery in Athelstan, Iowa.

GRANDAD
We watned so much more time with you, Granddad,
But now our memories will have to do.
All the wonderful times we have shared -
hunting, fishing, trapping, bird watching, gardening, building,
and just playing and talking together.
We knew how much you really cared,
And loved us all with all your heart.
It makes it so hard to part
Your laughing eyes and great big smile,
They will be etched in our minds forever.
We know now that you have gone to be with Gam,
Tell her we love her.
And after awhile we will all be together again.
So once again,
We will all say how much we will miss you,
And how much we love you.
Lovingly,
Your Grandchildren.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2011

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
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Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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